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NPA commander, medic surrenders, reveal high-power firearms cached

June 17, 2021

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental: Two disgruntled rebels of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered ro the military here after realizing the futility of their fight against the government, the military said Thursday.   Lt. Jeffferson Mariamo, spokesperson of the army’s 58IB based in Claveria, identified the rebels only in their aliases as “Jukol” and “Esay.”   “Jukol” is Vice Commander of the Platoon Cherry Mobile, Sub Regional Command 1, (SRC1),North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC), while “Esay” was the assigned Medic of Platoon Cherry Mobile, SRC1, NCMRC.   Mariano said that the surrendered NPA rebels also disclosed the location of an arms cache buried by the retreating rebels after an encounter a week ago.   He said that the arms cache, located in different areas in the remote village of Saray in Salay, Misamis Oriental, rendered high-powered firearms.   According to Mariano, the  arms cached contained five high-powered firearms comprising two M16 rifles, one AK47, and two .30 cal carbine rifles.   Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of the 58IB, said that the surrendered NPA rebels would be extended benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (ECLIP). -0-

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14 New People's Army rebels surrender in Zamboanga Peninsula, Misamis Occidental

June 17, 2021

ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA - Another 14 members of the communist New People's Army have surrendered to the government with 10 of their assorted firearms and ammunitions, the military reported. The rebel-surrenderees were from Zamboanga Peninsula and Misamis Occidental province, said Brig General Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade commander. "These nine NPA combatants and five militiamen were from a guerilla unit in Zamboanga Peninsula and Misamis Occidental," Nicolas reported. The rebels finally decided to surrender after negotiations made between them and 102nd Infantry Brigade. However, their identities were withheld at press time for security reasons. The military top brass said the militiamen were under the NPA's Yunit Milisya, and they were being utilized as immediate reinforcement in the NPA's tactical offensives. According to the military general, the "Yunit Milisya" were only equipped with low-power firearms and they were also tasked to monitor the plans and programs of government forces in their areas.   Nicolas said those who surrendered to the government were only between 20 to 46 years old. One of them only known as a certain "Loloy" has been in the communist party movement for more than 26 years. It was "Loloy" who helped the military uncover arms cache containing firearms, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and ammunition. Lt Colonel Ray Tiongson, 11th Infantry Brigade commander added that one also of the surrenderees only known as a certain "Brando" revealed that the communist movement has recruited him at the age of 17. Tiongson said: “This is a clear manifestation of the continued violations of the CTG on the protection of children's rights in armed conflict.” - PNA  

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Dads push economic aid to city residents under MECQ

June 16, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Two opposition Cagayan de Oro City councilors pushed for the provision of economic aid to city residents hard hit by the imposition of the Modified Enhance Community Quarantine (MECQ) here. Incumbent City Councilor Jocelyn "Bebot" Rodriguez urges city residents to strictly follow the health protocol in combatting the spread of the dreaded Corona virus in Cagayan de Oro City. Rodriguez also asks the city government to extend economic assistance to those hardhit by the  imposition of the Moderate Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in the city. Photo Supplied   Opposition City Councilors Lourdan Suan and Jocelyn Rodriguez made the appeal for economic support for city residents during the city council’s regular session on Monday.   Both Suan and Rodriguez contended that the imposition of the MECQ in the city has displaced thousands of workers following the shutdown of many establishments.   Most of the affected establishment were in the service sector, especially the massage clinics, hotels and restaurants and other establishments engaged in non-essential businesses.   Suan said that the city government must extend economic aid in cash or in kind to the  jobless thousands who were affected by the economic slowdown due to the COVID -19 pandemic.   Suan urged the interior government and the social welfare department in the local and national level to find ways to provide assistance to the city residents here.   Rodriguez said she support the call of Suan to provide economic assistance because most residents could not come out of their homes to eke a living. Rodriguez, a registered Nurse, also urged the local residents to strictly follow the health protocol to avoid the spread of the Corona virus here.   She expressed the confidence that with the residents cooperation, by strictly observing the health protocol, like social distancing, hand washing, and avoiding crowd like parties, birthdays, and reunions the spread of the Covid-19 virus could be contained.   President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the MECQ status of this seaport capital of 700,00 people in Northern Mindanao from June 16, 2021 to June 30, 2021.   On May 31, 2021 Duterte placed the entire Cagayan de Oro City under MECQ effective June 1, 2021 to June 15, 2021 ro arrest the rising COVID-19 positive cases here. -0-

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Man with 39 wives, 94 siblings in India dies at 76

June 15, 2021

NEW DELHI, India - A man with the 'world's largest family' of 39 wives and 94 siblings has already died on June 13, this year. He was 76 at the time of his death. In a report gathered by MDNN International, Pastor Ziona Chana, leader of a local Christian sect known as "Chana" was confirmed dead by the Indian media. Although, it was not clear how he died but the Indian media reported complications of his diabetes was among the top illness that pushed him to die.   PHOTO SHOWS ZIONA CHANA (EXTREME RIGHT) WITH HIS 39 WIVES, 94 SIBLINGS AND 33 GRANDCHILDREN. "Chana christian sect" has allowed practice polygamy in its members according to Zoramthanga, chief minister of Mizoram town. At the time of his death, Chana has 166 family members. He married to 39 wives and still want for more as the state also gave him religious freedom to exercise his religion and polygamy. Ziona lives with his 39 wives, 94 siblings and 33 grandchildren at the spacious pink building with 100 rooms in Baktawng, a remote community village in Mizoram. His group became famous when the local and international media discovered and made coverages on his sect. His village instantly became known and it also became a  tourist attraction, says Zoramthanga. The "Chana Christian sect" was founded by his father sometime in 1942. He married to his first wife when he was 17 year's old. He was even proud when he married to 10 women in a span of one year. The local media in India had earlier reported that his wives live in a dormitory. Ziona often wants to sleep with at least 8 women every night according to the local media reports. In 2011, Ziona told reporters he still wants to mary more women to increase their numbers to more than 39.   "I am ready to expand my family and willing to go to any extent to marry... I have so many people to care for and look after, and I consider myself a lucky man," the sect leader concluded. - Credit to Alasdair Pal and Adnan Abidi of Reuters THE BIG HOUSE OF PASTOR ZIONA CHANA WHERE HIS 39 WIVES, 94 SIBLINGS AND 33 GRANDSON AND DAUGHTERS LIVE.  

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70 covid positive patients in Oro village disturb by Intensity 4 eartquake

June 15, 2021

About 70 COVID positive patients in the isolation center, in one of the remote villages in the city, were jolted from their half-sleep when objects start flying in the isolation wards about 10:41 Monday evening when an Intensity IV quake struck Cagayan de Oro City. Philvocs traced the epicenter to the municipal town of Kadilingan, Bukidnon with Intensity 5.9. Two interval mild aftershocks were felt at 10:53 pm and 11:03 pm. Photos show COVID-19 positive patients settling in the open ground of the isolation center in the village of San Simon, a rural village about 60 kilometers west of Cagayan de City, as they scamper for safety when an Intensity III quake kolts the two-story isolation building Monday evening. -  Photos by Cris Diaz              

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Cops eye politics, NPA rebels in Bukidnon councilor's killing

June 15, 2021

AMBUSH SLAY TALAKAG, Bukidnon - Police investigators are still 'facing a blank wall' as to the real motive of the killing of Talakag Town Municipal Councilor Susan Gayunan last Saturday. But initially, they have pointed politics and NPA rebels as among the nearest probable cause of the killing of Councilor Gayunan. Gayunan, 64, was shot dead by still unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants while in Purok 2, San Antonio Village on Saturday afternoon. She was hit by gunshot bullets into her head causing her untimely demise, the police reported. During the daylight ambush on Gayunan, she was with her niece Luther Joey Bustillo and nephew Donna Mae Timtim. Both of her relatives were also hurt, police investigation disclosed. Timtim was hit with bullets while Bustillo was also hurt when he tried to grab one of the suspect's hand guns. Responding police investigators reported they discovered five empty cartridges at the crime scene, including one magazine loaded with live ammos. believed to be from a .45 caliber pistol. Major Dennis Rowell Flores, Talakag town police chief, told reporters manhunt operations are still ongoing to arrest the perpetrators the nearest possible time and give Gayunan's family justice. Flores said: "According to some it could be related to her job, in politics, or it could be the NPA (New People's Army) or she has a personal conflict. We have actually a lot of angles to look at." - PNA report  

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